Starter home: Douglas, Cork €220,000

This high-spec offering’ bright add-on is “one of the best around”.

Size: 111 sq m (1,200 sq ft)

3 bedrooms

The asking price of No 122 The Drive, Broadale, in Cork’s Maryborough Hill may, in the heel of the hunt, bear little relation to the price it sells for, due to the proven demand for homes in this outer-Douglas scheme and area.

Starter home: Douglas, Cork €220,000

Estate agent Glenn O’Connor of DNG Creedon says No 122 “has possibly the best rear extension I have seen in years,” and this house with bright and airy add-on comes hot on the heels of a sale Mr O’Connor had around the corner where bidding saw a home guided at €220,000 go for close to €300,000 “with nowhere near the same spec as this one.”

“Interest levels for this type of property are currently very high,” says the DNG agent, adding ”the property I ‘sale agreed’ last month had over 80 viewers, in six open viewings and saw nine bidders on it, that hence the price agreed.”

Starter home: Douglas, Cork €220,000

Thanks to the added on rear room there’s now 1,200 sq ft at No 122, and that serves as a bright family space, with large end wall of glass, with double sliding doors, glazed side panels and further glass in the part-apex above the sliders. 

Then, the c 16’ by 16’ extension has four Veluxes in the sloping ceiling, drenching it in as much light as is available.

This room looks over the now shortened back garden, home to a small lawn and quality shed, and thanks to lots of RSJ supports also spans back to the modern kitchen, and dining area. 

Starter home: Douglas, Cork €220,000

That dining space has double door access to the front sitting room with integrated solid fuel stove/fireplace.

Also at ground level is an understairs guest WC, and overhead are three wood-floored bedrooms, two doubles and a single, plus main bathroom.

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